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Hard-working volunteer rewarded for his dedication with care and compassion

Hard-working volunteer rewarded for his dedication with care and compassion

A hard-working volunteer has been rewarded for his dedication with a two-night stay by Room to Reward, a hospitality charity created to give something back to those who do so much, for so many, and ask for nothing in return.

Top volunteer Jason Wiggins pictured with Lorraine Yates from Voluntary Action South West Surrey's Welcome to Volunteering project.

Top volunteer Jason Wiggins pictured with Lorraine Yates from Voluntary Action South West Surrey’s Welcome to Volunteering project.

Volunteer Jason Wiggins was initially referred to the Welcome to Volunteering project, co-ordinated by Voluntary Action South West Surrey.

The project gives invaluable one-to-one support to people across the boroughs of Guildford and Waverley to access volunteering opportunities.

It helps people who wish to volunteer their time, skills and services, but who often need additional support to make that happen.

Lorraine Yates from Welcome to Volunteering has supported Jason, finding him additional volunteering roles to those he has already been involved in.

Lorraine said: “Jason spoke at Voluntary Action’s 2017 conference and at our annual meeting advocating the mental and physical benefits of volunteering.

“He is a well-respected, reliable and committed volunteer. He supports other vulnerable volunteers with care and compassion. He truly deserves this award, for the selfless way in which he supports local organisations and his community.”

In fact, Jason has volunteered in numerous roles over many years. He is currently volunteering in a charity shop in Godalming where he was a founder member of the team.

He also runs a user-led mental health support group. Jason set up this group when the funding and resources were withdrawn because he recognised the need and wanted it to continue.

Jason also supports the running of a weekly drop-in for people experiencing mental ill health issues.

Lorraine said: “He always arrives on time, is happy and cheerful and always on-hand to support members of the group in their hour of need. He shows genuine compassion and empathy towards everyone he meets.”

Voluntary Action South West Surrey’s recent Big Lottery funding success will allow it to continue its Welcome to Volunteering project for another five years.

For more details of the Welcome to Volunteering project and how it may help you or someone you know, contact co-coordinator Lorraine Yates on 07775 556772.

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Free computer skills and confidence for work or volunteering course

Free computer skills and confidence for work or volunteering course

A free course for people who have no, or very basic, computer skills and who want to become more confident for work or volunteering is taking place from January 29.

Screen Shot 2018-01-11 at 10.56.34It is being hosted by the Surrey Lifelong Learning Partnership and will be held at The Bike Project, 109 Southway, Westborough, Guildford GU2 8DQ.

It runs every Monday from 10am to 3pm from January 29 for four weeks.

Those who complete the course will receive a City & Guilds qualification.

To book a place call Linda or Dave on 01483 481789.

See below for full details.

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New job club in Guildford starts on February 27

New job club in Guildford starts on February 27

The debt counselling charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) is opening a new job club in Guildford.

job-clubs-logoBased at St John’s Church in Stoke Road GU1 1HB, it aims to help people successfully find employment of any sort, be it full-time, part-time, self-employment, returning to work, and so on.

It will also help people who are considering their current employment alternatives.

The club is free and open to anyone.

It is offering a tailor-made course of eight sessions designed to equip people with practical tools to successfully find a job and increase their confidence.

There will also be one-to-one coaching with an experienced person who will encourage those members of the club to review and achieve their goals.

Time will be made available for members to build relationships and boost their confidence among others seeking employment.

The first eight-week course begins on Monday, February 27, from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

There will be tea and coffee on arrival followed by a light lunch.

For more information contact Clement De Souza on 07432 515410. She will be pleased to discuss how the course can benefit job seekers.

or send her an email at:

Love Outdoor Play Week 2017

Love Outdoor Play Week 2017

2017 marks the seventh year that Guildford Borough Council’s Playrangers will be celebrating Love Outdoor Play Week, in association with Re:Play, the play association of the South East of England.

This special week focuses on highlighting the play opportunities on offer in the fantastic green spaces across the South East.

Playrangers OutdoormPlayt wqeek 02It is an annual celebration with events organised all over the region to help children and young people get out and play; encouraging and promoting outdoor play, whatever the weather. Reminding play workers, community workers and families alike that outdoor play is not just for the summer.

Aims and objectives

  • to raise awareness of rising levels of childhood obesity and to encourage more outdoor play
  • to contribute towards making children more physically active
  • to improve and maintain physical and mental health and overall well-being
  • to encourage children and their families to be active in the outdoors by providing free activities at sites around their home and local communit
  • to highlight the importance of play in children’s development and well-being
  • to provide opportunities for children of all abilities and backgrounds to play together in their communities.

Join in the fun between March 20 and 24 during the usual weekly Playranger sessions:

  • Monday, March 20: Pirbright Village Green GU24 0JE
  • Tuesday March 21, Coronation Gardens, Ash Hill Road, Ash GU12 5DN
  • Wednesday, March 22 Westborough play area, Park Barn Drive GU2 8EU
  • Thursday, March 23, The Green, Oak Tree Drive, Bellfields, GU1 1JT
  • Friday, March 24, Hornhatch Green, Chilworth, GU4 8AX

Each session runs daily after school, from 3.30pm to 5.30pm.

There will be a variety of playful, creative and sporty activities available daily on the theme of ‘Giant Games’; such as giant art, giant, smores, giant table football, giant bubbles – all in all there will be a giant amount of fun!

New Joining In! booklet just published – get yourself a copy

New Joining In! booklet just published – get yourself a copy

The latest edition of the Joining In! booklet for Westborough and Park Barn is now published, containing details of things to do and how to get more involved in your community.

Once again, groups and organisations are listed with what they have to offer. There’s something of all interest for all ages!

Free copies have already been distributed to schools and churches.

Any other groups or persons who would like copies please contact David Rose on 07825 419408 or email to

Joining In! booklet 2016

The North Guildford Food Bank has been set up to provide temporary help for individuals and families in the Guildford area who are in need. Working alongside local agencies, churches, and community, we want to ensure that no-one goes hungry. We receive non-perishable food from local churches, schools and businesses to make food parcels. These parcels are given in exchange for a food voucher granted by various agencies including: Citizens Advice Bureau, Social Services, health visitors, Christians Against Poverty, children’s centres, Guildford Action for Families, Guildford Borough Council’s family support team and its community wardens, local schools, many Guildford churches, doctors’ surgeries, Vaughan House, Probation Service, CAMHS, Youth Support Services, Age UK Surrey. The North Guildford Foodbank also has branches in Park Barn (St Clare’s Church) and Merrow. Please note: evidence of the crisis may be requested.

Also, there is now wi fi at St Clare’s Church and three laptop computers for anyone to use for applying for benefits, searching for jobs, looking up training courses and so on. There is help and support for people when using the computers, while documents and pages can be printed out. The computers cannot be used for gaming or social networking.

If you are interested in helping in any way please call the number below.


Friday evenings from 6.30pm to 7.30pm

New Hope Centre, Larch Avenue, Bellfields GU1 1JZ (next to Christ’s College)

Also at St Clare’s Church, Cabell Road, Park Barn, GU2 8JW, Wednesdays 8.45am to 10.45am and Fridays 5.30pm to 6.30pm

And at the Bushy Hill Community Centre, Bushy Hill Drive, Merrow GU1 2UG on Thursdays from 4.30pm to 5.30pm

07583 025435

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